J.D. Hallowell, author of the popular War of the Blades series, is a 50-ish father and husband who is blessed to have lived an interesting and active life. His varied experiences include such diverse occupations as automotive mechanic, photographer, bouncer, paralegal, and massage therapist. He has been a soldier and an EMT, and has served as the chief of a volunteer ambulance squad. At one time, he was a diamond courier, and later owned a working kennel, and he has trained law enforcement dogs as well as personal protection and assistance dogs. He studied martial arts for over 30 years. Although he is now disabled by the cumulative result of injuries sustained both in and out of the military (he has been shot, stabbed, blown up, bludgeoned, poisoned, and has even had harsh language directed toward him), he writes whenever he can, and, as of this printing, has had three fantasy novels, Dragon Fate, Dragon Blade, and Dragon Justice published, and has several other fantasy and science fiction projects underway. His other interests include but are not limited to history, archery, cooking, and making jewelry. He currently lives on the Space Coast of Florida with his wife, his son, and his Great Dane service dog.